Uppsala University is the oldest university in the Nordic countries. The Faculty of Law, the oldest law department in Sweden, is situated in the center of Uppsala in a 17th-century building.
There are about 2,500 undergraduate students and 50 postgraduate students at the Faculty. Every year about 130 foreign students study at the Faculty on exchange. Exchange students can enroll in any of the many advanced law courses taught in English. (Students with a very good knowledge of Swedish may also apply to take the advanced courses in Swedish.)
Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, and work in small groups. The teaching method is problem-based. About 25 students and a teacher participate in the seminars, and full attendance is compulsory. All students also belong to a group of four to six students who meet with the teacher to discuss problems and other assignments.
All advanced level courses, including the law courses in English, run for ten or twenty weeks, and students study only one subject at a time. Students on exchange may take either one or two intensive courses in a 20-week semester.
Note that Queen’s Law students may only attend Uppsala in their third year.
- First Semester: September to the middle of January (Queen’s Law students may only attend if they have only one term of credits to complete their degree requirements, as they would not return in time for the winter term at Queen’s)
- Second Semester: Mid-January to the beginning of June
Full-time Course Load
Students must complete successfully courses equivalent to 30 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits in order to obtain 15 transfer credits. At Uppsala the advanced courses are intensive, and exchange students have the option to take one “A period course” and one “B period course” worth 15 ECTS credits each or one “A+B period course” worth 30 ECT-credits.